Thursday, March 29, 2007

Bay County Library System (MI) Seems to be Breaching Union Contracts by Allowing Unpaid Volunteers and Non-union Workers to do their Old Jobs.

Thursday, March 29, 2007. Bay County Library System (Michigan). reports:

A group of laid-off library workers on Wednesday accused library leaders of breaching union contracts by allowing unpaid volunteers and non-union workers to do their old jobs.

''We would like to hear how the board has come to these agreements to have non-union people doing what has been union work,'' said Denise Dansereau, who worked for the Bay County Library System for more than 30 years until December.

Dansereau was among 120 workers whose positions were eliminated as a result of last year's library millage defeats, which also led to the closing of the Sage and South Side libraries. In all, more than $3 million in cuts were made.
Dansereau, who was a senior library assistant, read aloud portions of the contracts, saying it's a violation that volunteers and library administrators have been doing jobs once belonging to workers represented under Utility Workers Union of America Local 542.

Utility Workers Union of America Local 542.

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